The schedule for the third annual Season at The Blue Lion offers three concerts for local residents at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith’s downtown entertainment venue.
The season features musical performances by Matt Stansberry & The Romance Sept. 18, UAFS music faculty Jan. 30 and Rising Stars of the Metropolitan Opera Feb. 16. All concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, located at 101 N. 2nd St.
The performances feature accomplished entertainers from varying backgrounds. Based out of Oklahoma City, Matt Stansberry & The Romance features a unique rock ’n’ roll sound fused with soul, blues, and funk. The 10-piece band recorded its first album titled “Let’s Brighten It Up” in 2012 and released another, titled “Crash Landing,” in 2014.
Instrumental, voice and piano faculty members at UAFS will display their talents as well, with works including trumpet, percussion and chamber ensemble pieces, in addition to various solos.
The final concert features up-and-coming Metropolitan Opera stars performing popular arias, duets and ensembles by some of opera’s most prominent composers. The Metropolitan Opera, which was founded in 1883, is the largest classical music organization in the U.S. and showcases some of the world’s most talented singers, conductors and composers.
Stacey Jones, associate vice chancellor for campus and community events, said the Metropolitan Opera concert will be the “premier event” of the season.
“This show is unique, but it’s also going to be a ton of fun,” Jones said. “We’ve had numerous requests throughout the years for opera performances to be added to our season schedule, so this should fill that void and offer a nice change of pace from our normal shows.”
Only 200 tickets are available per performance. Season tickets cost $50 and will go on sale July 1. To reserve tickets, contact the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300.
The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown was temporarily called UAFS at Second Street after UAFS acquired the building in 2013. The three-show series at the location is separate from Season of Entertainment, the annual entertainment lineup sponsored by UAFS.